NIC Vital to Business and Industry, says Report

BC’s skills shortages cost up to $6 billion in lost GDP and $785 million in provincial tax revenues every year, and BC’s colleges are supplying the demand for a skilled and educated workforce, says a new Conference Board of Canada report.

The Skills for Success: Developing Skills for a Prosperous BC report, surveyed 854 BC employers – covering 130,000 employees or 9 per cent of BC’s total employment – asking what kinds of skills, occupations, and credentials they need to meet current and future demand.

“This report confirms NIC’s role as the primary supplier of the North Island’s skilled and educated workforce,” said Lisa Domae, NIC’s Vice President of Learning and Students. “Programs such as NIC’s Industrial Automation Technician and recently expanded Heavy Duty Mechanical Foundation programs have a 100 per cent graduate employment rate.”


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